This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a wholeon different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favor of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.
Table of Contents
1. The February Revolution and Provisional Government
2. Social Polarization and the Crisis of Power
3. Politics in the Civil War
4. Society and Economy in the Civil War
5. NEP Economy and Politics
6. NEP Culture and Society
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an extremely readable and comprehensive survey of the Russian Revolution, from the Czar to the death of Lenin and rise of Stalin. It is somewhat sketchy on the details of the Russian Civil War, and why the Communists won, but explains the political, economic and social aspects of the revolution and its immediate aftermath very well.